As the month of December gets underway, The Serai team have been getting ready for the SUJAN Christmas celebrations. In order to make the preparations come alive, we invited our in house guests to join in the fun and exciting annual fruit mixingB ceremony!
We decorated the tray for our fruit soaking with Christmas decorations and played some Christmas music throughout the soaking.B It was not your typical Christmas Scene at The Serai, the bright blue sky, warm hot sun and surrounding landscape of the Thar Desert made it all feel somewhat surreal!
The history of theB cake-mixingB ceremonyB dates back to the 17th century, when it marked the arrival of the harvest season. During this time lots of fruits and nuts were harvested and prepared to go into the making of the traditional plumB cake. TheB mixB was saved up for the next harvest season with the hope that the coming year would bring with it another abundant year. ThisB ceremonyB quickly metamorphosed to an intimate congregation, with B family coming together to soak dry fruits in wine or rum in hoping that the fine flavour would fill their Christmas with delectable sweetness!
TheB cakeB mix at The Serai was prepared byB mixingB dry fruits such as apricots, figs, cashew nuts, raisins and black currants with wine, rum, brandy and whisky!
All the fruits and the drinks were put together and aB mixingB table was set up.
Our guests were handed over chef caps, aprons and gloves and were invited to put all the fruits on the mixingB table first.B They loved getting their hands sticky with all the mixtures of the alcohol and mixing all the ingredients together by hand, slyly tasting both fruit and alcohol for their own check of approval before mixing it all together!
Once all the fruits were laid out, the spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg were sprinkled into the mix.
Next came the alcohol…! Once all this was poured on the mixingB table, the fruits were mixed and tossed by guests. The colours and the aromas that started to surface were fantastic!
The drinks where flowing and everyone was in high spirits with a great atmosphere, B our Serai accountant came out of the office to teach our guests some Indian dancing which went down a treat! The experience was a great success and enjoyed by all!
The soaked mix was put into jars to be left for a few weeks for the fruits to soak up the alcohol to give us a very moist cake with juicy dried fruits. Our chefs will mix the fruits every 2 days so that the fruits on top donbt dry out.
TheB cakeB mixB will be sent out to all our SUJAN camps and used for making Christmas Cakes and other festive edible treats for all our guests.
The Festive Season has finally begun and the teams are in full swing decorating and getting the camps into the spirit!
We look forward to celebrating with all our guests and TheB SUJAN Family over the Christmas Period!